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Red Chair NWPA | Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
579 Reviews
Red Chair NWPARed Chair NWPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available: January to May
Alc. by Vol.: 6.2%
IBUs: 60

192 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by Bitterbill on 01-22-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
579
Ratings:
2,484
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
155
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524
For Trade:
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Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a reddish amber with a nice off-white head.

S: Nice, lightly spicy hop profile. Caramel malt, bready, light grapefruit.

T: Caramel, mild piney bitterness, biscuity, a bit peppery, pithy citrus, fresh grain.

M: Light-bodied with a bit of heft from the moderate carbonation.

O: I really like the malt profile on this one - compliments the restrained hops nicely.

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Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a small tan head that fades to fine lacing.

S: Has a mild citrus and grain aroma with a hint of malt sweetness.

T: Starts with a light cirus bite then a touch of malty sweetness and a touch of spice. Quite dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth, clean and well balanced.

D: Very drinkable. This is a good anytime beer, nothing fancy or hyped, just a great goto beer.

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Photo of kagent777
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with best before date of 05/05/11 (I guess this is better than having no date at all). Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish light gold with a lasting rocky head that left good lacing.

Smell: Piney and herbal hops. The malt background is present in the smell as well.

Taste: Pleasant mild sweetness up front, with a balancing bitterness from the hops on the back end. This will not be mistaken for an IPA, but the hop presence is ideal. The malt has a good toasty character.

Mouthfeel: The finish is longish. The beer has a smooth nature to it. Really solid.

Drinkability: This is really good, I will choose this one again easily. I hope Utah keeps importing this one.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, here is what it says on the Deschutes web site.

"As a debut Northwest Pale Ale, it's an adventure all its own. It has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Yet, despite it all, it remains a hop-forward ale with that distinctive citrusy punch. Just minus any mouth-puckering bitterness."

This is NOT the Red Chair IPA.

Well, well, this beer is not in the BA database yet. This is available in Arizona now and the website says it's available from Jan-April. They use the word debut in the description, but I am not sure if this is referring to the style (Northwest Pale Ale) or that this is the debut version of this beer.

Since it's not listed, I am assuming this is a new listing.

Pours with a very tight and creamy white head that appears bright sitting atop the deep red/amber colored beer. Lots of burgundy/mahogany tomes to the color. The head slowly settled but puts up a good battle and lacing a thick in the glass.

Aroma is a nice mix of some fresh hops, some cracker, bread crust tones and some sweet malt.

Flavor is excellent. A nice mix of some fruity esters, sweet bread flavors and some decent layered malt. The hop character seemed to be a mix of light pine and some citrus notes with more focus on the citrus side of the spectrum. Balance is very nice here and clearly a goal of this beer. Mission accomplished.

Medium bodied, smooth with very subtle and tight carbonation. Not creamy, but the velvety mouth feel makes you consider the adjective.

Very drinkable and a nice addition to the Deschutes line-up (again, assuming this is it's first year)

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/01/10) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a perfectly clear bright amber color with about a 1/2 finger of tan foam that dissipates quickly. Left behind is a thick collar and sparse islands on the surface of the beer.

S - Hops waft out of the bottle immediately after opening...pouring into a glass only enhances this experience. Fruity and citrusy hops can be smelled from several feet away. Orange blossoms, honeylike sweetness, a touch of grapefruit.

T - Fruity, citrusy - sweet grapefruit and some oranges. Bitterness is crisp, a hint of alcohol lingers behind. Solid malt backbone - a bit caramelly. Overall balance is to the hops. Good pale ale.

M - Light to medium bodied...carbonation medium too. Prickly and lively. Crisp and refreshing.

D - Very enjoyable pale ale. Hoppy, fruity, quite flavorful. A 6 pack of these would be a nice companion on a weekend afternoon. Another fine beer from the people at Deschutes.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful red golden with a nice thick head - looks like a tasty brew.

smell is a nice balance of buiscuits and strong, intense floral, piney and citric northwest hops - very solid, and intensely hop-driven nose for a pale ale.

Taste was just good - what you'd expect from a solid west coast pale - a lot more malt driven than the nose would imply - finishes slightly warm and pleasant.

feel was a little dull for me, just didn't have that nice punch that i wanted.

Overall this is a really great beer, a solid pale ale with a delicious, classically west coast hop character - this will join the ranks of other solid Deschutes beer...mmm

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Photo of spree92
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After an aggressive pour, there was a large, full-bodied head. Plenty of retention and heavy lacing. Slight malt smell but mainly hops, and lots of them. Taste is subtle, yet hoppy. Smooth front and hops finish. Leaves the mouth quickly as a little chewy. I really enjoyed this new NWPA.

LazyL, thanks for the beer packaged. This must be one of your favs, a hopped pale ale.

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Photo of patpbr
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber and copper blend with a small sturdy head.
S - Carmel nose with a bit of sweetness
T - Orange and nice addition of pine. A bit of grapefruit and sweet bitterness with the malts
M - Medium body and a crisp finish
O - I bought one, I think I'm going to buy a six pack its enjoyable.

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Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This "Northwest'style" pale ale is a clear reddish-orange color. The head is just off-white and caps at slightly less than one finger. It doesn't keep up a whole lot but does keep it consistently, a strong layer remaining and dropping equally strong lacing.
There are lots of aromatics in this one, and they transfer very thoroughly to the flavor. It begins with a piney note that isn't too harsh and melds with some orange zest and has a bit of a peppery kick as well. It leans dry in the middle, but some tropical fruits start it off then come back in to finish it out. A bit of sweetness from malts, caramel but with a nice nuttiness to it, evens and balances it out well.
The feel is the best aspect in this beer. It's rich with a creamy thickness that doesn't exceed its medium body, and it's completely crisp to boot. Silky creaminess gives way to sweetness that cuts through a dry edge it begins to take, adding depth to the overall feel. The key to keeping it together is really that it stays so crisp all the while.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle for the purposes of this review, but this is a beer I am just getting around to do a write up for. I've had it many times, and I keep it on hand whenever I find it available. One of my go-to's...

A - Nice rusty-copper body with a long-lasting lace ring well representative of a west coast IPA style.

S - It's hop dominate in a very great balanced way. Emulates citrus, maybe some tropical fruits. Good complexity.

T - The best quality to me is that this is an IPA with the flavors pulled back and more balanced and sessionable than the typical west coast style. I like to have it on hand to introduce friends who are less hop-forward to good craft beers.

M - Its crisp and smooth throughout, very drinkable.

O - Probably my favorite session beer. Perfectly balanced, so enjoyable.

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Photo of WyNG
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, Very malty for being labeled a Pale Ale. Almost sweet, but just enough of a hop balance to pull it back from the edge. The body almost crosses thew line into red/amber ale territory. The aroma strikes a nice balance of maltiness and the floral/citrus notes of the hops. A very nice beer!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pour on Prince served chilled in a large pils glass.

the color is a hazed red sunny look with thick beige cream with fine bead and decent lace clings. The smell is very good with citrus aroma and some orange rind with light toasted odor and hint of fruity yeast. The feel is very good with toasted and light caramel sweetness with some pithy citrus and yeast dryness with medium carbonation and body throughout with a mild dry bitter finish.

The taste is great with lots of hop flavor up front adding a grapefruit and light herbal aspect with slight pithy bitter and slight grassy elements and gently toasted malt anchoring the flavor with some creamy yeast to support and adding dimension with a hint of dry citrus and leafy hop flavors continuing into the finish. Overall I was pleased to enjoy this fresh and consider it a top quality Imperial red ale with great drinkability.

second sample - bottle 4-16-14
purchased at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a teku

A - brilliant ruby with excellent clarity -4 Smell is fruity with a light citrus nose from the hops with subtle sweet malt elemnt 3.75 The feel is very good, bitter up front but moderately carbonated with slight tanginess of yeast and sweetness in the malt mid palate with balance of bitter and light caramel aspect with semi-dry finish 4

The taste is excellent very fruity with subtle mix of orange notes in the hops with ruby red grapefruit and mild caramel flavors from the malt all blending in a way that nothing is out of balance yet the sum of the parts is really interesting. The taste of the yeast adds a slight hint of tangy sweet apple skin with a mild toasted malt element and light herbal flavor in the finish 4.25 Overall I really enjoyed this about equally in the bottle as the draft version the only exception is the hops seemed more aromatic in the draft, but the overall enjoyment is the same -4

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, about a half finger of off white head that is leaving some decent lacing... Slight haze to it.

Smell is decent, with a grapefruit up front, a lot of bready charachters coming through as well, maybe even a little plum.

starts with a dab of hops then moves on to a really bready quality in the middle, steps over to a bite of pine and finishes like bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation, finishes pretty dry.

This is a decent APA, not my favorite but very flavorful, I will pick up a 6 or 2 every year when in comes out. Give it a go if you get Deschutes.

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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber orange with a thin white head and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, grainy malts with touches of toast and caramel. Dry and spicy aroma overall.

Taste: Citrus hops upfront with layers of spiciness. The semi-grainy malt backbone is fairly complex with biscuit, toast, caramel and some grassy characteristics. Ends with a spicy bitterness that is a little different (some have mentioned ash, maybe that's part of it).

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is fairly full and smooth for an APA. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability: A very nice Pale Ale overall that is quite a bit better than Mirror Pond. Very drinkable indeed.

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Photo of bcm119
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber/copper in color with a fine, eggshell-colored lace. Aroma is malty with ripe red fruit notes. Clean pithy bitterness delivered on the Deschutes signature brassy, fruity malt profile. Malt flavors are complex, with red fruit dominating, but not sweet or cloying at all. Hops are well integrated-- green and fresh, but not overpowering. Dryish, a bit minerally, with fine carbonation. Balanced and composed-- the definition of finesse. Very well done, one of my favorites from Deschutes.

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Photo of mastodonj
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a diconic...

A reddish medium amber color with a small but finely bubbled
head.

There's a spiciness in the nose that goes great with the fresh
hops.

Somehow, they've taken the hoppiness and spiced it up then
mellowed it out with caramel-like malts. Interesting and
exceptional tasting.

The mouthfeel may be the best thing about this; the fine bubbles and citrus aftertaste are great.

A must-try for every IPA/ West Coast IPA lover. And will probably
be a staple for many of us.

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Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

A: Pure amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, not completely leaving a blanket of foam on the surface. Thick, persistent beer ring lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Hops, nuts, caramel, a little honey, and lemon citrus.

T: Hops, bitter pecan, grapefruit pith.

M: Biting hops linger on the palate. Dry, bitter finish. Very hoppy for standard pale.

D: Sip and enjoy. The hoppy character will dictate the pace.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice head that never really dissipates, thick persistent lacing. Nose is piney with a fine balance nutty, sweet, and citrus components. Very hoppy and biting, some bitter nutty components, and bittersweet citrus. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a coppery color, clear, very pretty looking with a nice two finger white head and nice lacing.

Smell is fruity, floral, hoppy, touches of pine. Flavor is really great on the fruits, light fruits dominate, mangos, peaches, apricots, pears, apples all come to mind. There's tons of great hops presence, piney, floral, citrus very nice.

Body is light and finishes slightly bitter, almost like a light IPA, certainly more bold than your average pale ale.

Overall it's very fine and I plan to drink it again and again! I like a good hop forward pale ale and this one fits the bill.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice red amber color. Pours 1 finger head quickly shrinking down to a thinner layer. Some lacing.

S- Kind of malt forward. Sweet kind of molasses with some tree sappy hops in the background.

T- Very nice flavor here. I usually prefer hop-forward beers but this one is really nice. Some cider malt in the front then just that touch of hops in the back. Really easy drinking.

M- Smooth, the taste the carbonation the balance. Very smooth beer. Very easy drinking, would be a great session beer if available to me.

O- Another gem from Deschutes.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing beats a good solid APA. I'm hoping this fits in that category.
"Bravely Done" cap.
Definitely Northwest hops with citrus and flowery aroma in the "classic" style of pale ales from the area. Mild malt backing.
Darker than typical, but still clear with tannish head, active bubbles (in a sierra nevada glass). and lacing marking the spot.
A beefier malt character, I guess also reflected in the darker body, leaving me thinking this is closer to an amber ale. Nonetheless, there is ample hop flavors and bitterness. Drying from the grains and hops finishes the drink long and flavor fully. All blends pretty darn well.
Body solidly moderate with additional heft from the sufficient carbonation.
Good solid drinking beer. It had that sometimes noticeable quality of higher hopped beer in which the hops are good when the beer is colder and warmer, but not necessarily in between when they come across a little harsh. Regardless, a recommended beer for solid hop flavor with ample malt and good drink abilty.
Thanks Dave.

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Photo of futura123
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a six pack.Poured into a pint glass.

A - The beer is a copper/amber color with creamy white head that that faded quick and left a little lacing behind.

S - Noted some fruity & piney tones to compliment a mild aroma of grapefuit hopiness

T - The taste has a very nice mix of hoppy and malty. I get some sweeter, malty, slight caramel notes coming through. From the hops I get the grapefruit flavors, along with more of that juicy, tropical fruit flavor. Pine is there, but a little less present than in the aroma. It finishes on the bitter side with some resiny, grapefruit flavors coming in. Very nice hoppy flavor to it overall.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

D - Super drinkable beer. I can knock up a few in one session. This is the staple of my fridge. Too bad it is not a year round offer so I try to drink as much I can now

Overall, this is a really good APA from Deschutes. Tip my hat for them. However, I think SNPA is still a tad better.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin, creamy whitish head.

S: Subtle aromas of grass, herbs, lemon, lime, caramel, cream, and biscuits are present on the nose.

T: Cream, caramel, and toffee sweetness are present up front and are joined by cracker and biscuit flavors shortly thereafter. The hops kick in around mid-palate, delivering gentle, nuanced notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, herbs, and grass. The finish is balanced and mellow with notes of lemon, lime, herbs, caramel, cream, and biscuits most apparent.

M: What an outstanding texture in the mouth! This ale is medium-bodied, silky, and smooth. Carbonation manages to straddle a fine line between firm and spritzy. This pale ale is one of the most drinkable examples of the style I have run across in quite awhile.

O: I really feel like Deschutes has done an excellent job presenting well integrated malt and hop flavors in this beer. Perfectly balanced, quite flavorful, and immediately approachable this, in my book, is exactly what an APA should be.

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Photo of Cream
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer. In the glass the color is between between ruby and amber. The smell is citrusy and perfectly hoppy, not overwhelming. Taste is fruity in the mouth, moving to a nice peppery bitter finish on the way down. Mouthfeel is perfect; crisp, smooth, somewhere between light and heavy. Overall a really impressive beer. Would be great with a meal, a couple after work, or 6 on a Saturday; a versatile beer. I'm really impressed with the whole Deschutes lineup! Great work!

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Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a one finger white head. Has good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus and some caramel malt. Not complex, but good.

The flavor is both hoppy and sweet. Grapefruit, pine, and caramel flavors are all present. This is a nice, well balanced APA.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. You can tell this is well made.I could drink this on a regular basis if it was available year round.

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Photo of veinless
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deeper reddish amber than I was expecting. Head loomed large and fluffy, with lots of caking on the glass, looks great.

Aroma is very subtle and restrained, with tropical fruit citrus of pineapple most apparent, to go with a malty sweetness.

The taste is also restrained, but in a good way. Smooth as silk taste, with calm transitions from crisp, clean hops to bready malt. Hops taste of pineapple, orange rind, and a leafy bitterness to finish. Malt is a nice tempered sweet, keeping this one balanced the whole way.

Mouthfeel is really, really well done, with the tingle post-swallow being the highlight. Drinkability follows the smoothness - very, very good for the 6.2%. Fantastic pale ale, and not too expensive either.

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Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,484 ratings.
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